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The most badly abused animal Diana Zollman ever came in contact with was an abandoned, emaciated and beaten beagle named Misty. The dog came to Zollman, the president of the Coles County Humane Association, on what she recalled being a particularly cold day in January. On the way to a movie, a group of high school students spotted a frail-looking dog on the side of the road. One of the students retrieved Misty, while her friends stayed in the car with dog until Zollman arrived. “Not every person is like that,” Zoullman said. After two hours, she was able retrieve Misty, who despite her apparent emaciation, would not eat from Zollman’s hand. For the first few months, Zollman and her husband kept Misty, but the beagle could not wear a collar and shuttered when her owners would reach to pet her. Abuse that Misty had previously suffered left a clouded pool of blood in her eye where she is suspected to have been hit over the head. “If you shut a kitchen cabinet door it would scare her to death. If you rustled newspaper it would scare her to death.” Zollman said cases like Misty’s, although unfortunate, are all too common. She recalled a time a man brought her a dog he had seen thrown out of a moving car on the freeway. “He gave me a look of ‘please don’t take me back to that bad place,’” she said. All U.S. states have animal cruelty laws and 47 states treat some forms of abuse as felonies. Zollman cited pit bulls as being the most commonly rescued animal in her recent experience. She explained a direct correlation between popular breeds that are almost trend like, and the breeds the humane association takes in and noted that the most likely time to find abandoned, neglected and otherwise abused animals is almost always at the end of a college semester. “The worst time of the year is May,” she said. “Right at the end of a school year - right now.” Kyle Thompson, a Mattoon resident who rescues and fosters reptiles, said he has witnessed end of the year animal cruelty. “People leave whole terrariums in the trash,” he said. Thompson mostly finds bearded dragons and ball pythons dead or dehydrated in garbage cans or empty apartments. In this area, there are not a lot of places to call to surrender reptiles or have them rescued, Thompson said. Currently, Thompson, a PetSmart employee, houses about eight reptiles in his apartment, all of which were surrendered to him or rescued. “Some people, usually men, want snakes to uphold an image,” he said of people who assert their masculinity by dominance over nature. Despite the typical tolerance retiles exhibit toward their owners rather than emotion, Thompson said tortoises and iguanas have a higher cognitive function and can get to know you and display affection. When people adopt these pets, however, there is an assumed tough exterior that buyers can be blinded by, Thompson said. “The biggest indication for me is when I tell someone something and they repeat something back that is wrong,” he said referring to potential buyers who misunderstand basic reptile care instructions. The lamps used in their tanks offers reptiles the essential vitamin D3. Animals with an insufficient amount of the vitamin tend to suffer from metabolic bone disease, an irreversible and sometimes fatal condition that cripples the animal’s limbs. Zollman agreed that potential pet owners need to behave a certain way to win the trust of the seller. “I have to hear it in their voice, she said.” “They

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Lorri Dunn, the president of R.U.F.F. (Rescuing Unwanted Furever Friends), walks Bella, an eight-year-old pit bull, in her yard in Greenup. Bella weighed an emaciated 29lbs and was heartworm and tapeworm positive when Dunn rescued her from another shelter. Today she is on her way to health and weighs between 65 and 70lbs.

have to ask questions.” A 2004 study printed in Society and Animals determined that groups of identified animal abusers are at an increased risk of crimes against humans.

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Although Zollman has seen her share of collegestudent-initiated animal neglect, Jason Wallace, the assistant manager and animal control officer at the Coles County Animal Shelter, said instances have decreased in their shelter since implementing a stricter screening process. When the shelter first opened, there was a recurring problem of college students in the area abandoning their animals in vacant apartments and turning them loose at the end of the school year. This is why the shelter cracked down on their preadoption screening, which now consists of a 24 to 48 hour process of contacting references, parents and landlords, performing veterinary checks for spaying and neutering, he said. Since the implementation of the new screening system, Wallace notice a decline in the amount of abandoned animals his shelter dealt with. In 2013, The Coles County Animal Shelter took in 867 dogs, and returned 238 to the original owners. “The number that really bothers me is the RTO (returned to owner), Wallace said. Although a majority of animals in the shelter are surrendered by their owners, Wallace said he feels there is an inequity between the amount of strays the shelter houses and the number of owners who seek to find their lost pets. This creates a problem for the shelter that becomes fatal for less adoptable animals. Although Wallace said he regrets the special limitations the shelter struggles with, a surplus in rescued or surrendered animals, results in necessary euthanizing. Of the 1,682 incoming cats and dogs in 2013, the shelter put to sleep 814 animals in a response to either overflow or sick, violent, or feral animals. Wallace said when some animals are brought to a shelter, they suffer physical ailments from the environmental stress which can manifest as lethargy, whining, poor appetite or what he calls, “kennel crazy,” when an animal becomes so isolated it involuntarily paces in circles for long periods of time. To prevent animals from becoming kennel crazy, Wallace and other workers invite community members to play with and walk their shelter animals.

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President of a Coles County dog rescue, Lori Dunn, adopts animals out of her Greenup home, to provide them with a comfortable and consistent liv-

ing environment during their foster stays. Dunn started Raising Unwanted Forever Friends (R.U.F.F.), after she adopted a dog that had been poisoned during its time at a local pound. She and a group of animal lovers became a licensed rescue in February of 2013 and now have five board members with a total of seven foster licenses. Dunn says the animals generally adopt well, but because of their abusive pasts, R.U.F.F. executes a strict screening process of their own before going through with an adoption of one of their rescued dogs. The process consists of one veterinary reference as well as three personal references. In the event that a college-aged student should pursue adopting a dog, R.U.F.F. contacts the student’s landlord and approves that the complex allows pets, as well as looking over the amount of space available to the dog and whether or not it is a safe and livable environment. Dunn said the pit bulls and other “bully breeds” like boxers are the most commonly abused and abandoned dogs in this area based on her experience. She said everyone wants a pit bull because they are cool and edgy, but the responsibility of taking care of a living being can soon become overwhelming. “A lot have either been dumped or come from bad situations,” Dunn said. Dunn said she rescues an estimated 5-10 dogs each month. In addition to being the president of R.U.F.F., Dunn spends time as a humane investigator, where she said she gets calls to rescue dogs who are neglected, barking, malnourished or left outside for long periods of time without shelter. Blackie, a senior eight-year-old dog was found on a country road south of Greenup about one year ago, after he was hit by a car. The dog was missing teeth presumably from lack of nutrition, which forced him to eat rocks and sticks out of necessity for an undetermined amount of time. When they found him, a bullet wound in his upper left front was almost entirely healed over. The bones had fused together, giving Blackie the dragging limp he walks with today. Additionally, Dunn adopted Bella, a five-year-old pit bull was an emaciated, 29 pounds and heartworm and tapeworm positive when Dunn rescued her from another shelter last year. Today Bella receives regular medication for a tumor that developed on her abdomen, which is only just now starting to heal, Dunn said. “I think it’s the responsibility of it,” she said. “If it’s a puppy, you have to get up in the middle of the night and let it out. It is just like having a kid.” SHELTER, page 5

The Daily Eastern News’ print publication will end during the summer, but will pick back up once the fall semester starts. The News will be continuing its publication online at dailyeasternnews.com beginning May 19. The online only publication will allow The News to expand its coverage into more multimedia aspects, including photo galleries, audio slideshows, videos and interactive elements like timelines. Bob Galuski, the editor-in-chief for Su m m e r 2 0 1 4 a n d Fa l l 2 0 1 4 , s a i d t h e switch to online only would give the editors and reporters a more diverse working environment. “While print is still very much an important and essential part of reporting the news, we also realize that in this time and age, that having the skills to report in the field of multimedia is greatly needed,” he said. Galuski also said that the print edition will come back when the fall semester starts again on Aug. 25. “The summer staff will be working on bettering themselves as reporters and journalists, so that when fall comes around we’ll be able to cover every aspect of the campus,” Galuski said. The staff for the fall semester includes Anthony Catezone as managing editor, Stephanie Markham as news editor, Jarad Jarmon as associate news editor, Chynna Miller as photo editor, Jason Howell as assistant photo editor, Katie Smith as online editor and Amanda Wilkinson as online producer. For the staff editor positions, The News will be incorporating new positions with the older ones. Samantha Middendorf will be entertainment editor, Debby Hernandez will be administration editor, Roberto Hodge will be multicultural editor, Blake Wa r m a n w i l l b e c i t y e d i t o r a n d Bl a k e Nash will be campus editor. In edition to the staff editors, Megan Ivey will be The News’ weekend supplem e n t On t h e Ve r g e e d i t o r, a n d K a y l i e Homann will be Verge designer. Dominic Renzetti, the editor-in-chief for Spring 2014, said while this semester was challenging with obstacles such as a smaller staff, he felt proud of what each of the people who worked here accomplished. “We did what we set out to do,” he said. “We covered the campus to our best abilities and made sure the campus was aware of what was going on—no matter what it was.” The staff of The Daily Eastern News can be reached at 581-2812 or dennewsdesk@gmail.com.


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Campus office hours to compress for summer Staff Report Once again the employees of Eastern will be condensing their normal five-day workweek into a 4.5-day workweek for the summer. The 4.5-day workweek for the summer promotes energy efficiency and saves approximate ly $500,000 in utility costs, Bill We b e r, t h e v i c e p r e s i d e n t f o r business affairs, said in a newsletter. Campus-wide summer office hours will be in effect from May

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US Bank comes to Eastern Staff Report US Bank will be available in Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, filling the vacant space near the Food Court. Student will again be able to use bank services May 27 after a yearlong dry spell. First Mid-Illinois Bank originally occupied the space but closed June 28, 2013. The branch closed because it offered similar services two other branches, located at 500 West Lincoln Ave. and 701 Sixth St., branches near the Eastern Campus.

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Eastern’s Noel-Levitz payments top $250k By Jack Cruikshank Staff Reporter | @JackCruik Noel-Levitz, an enrollment consulting firm based in Iowa City, Iowa, is charging Eastern $258,499 for its services beginning in 2011, and up to Feb. 13. The firm, which Eastern to assist with enrollment management, originally agreed on compensation of $167,000 based on a contract signed Oct. 17, 2011. According to the contract, the firm would provide “comprehensive enrollment management consulting services that will enable the university to strategically increase enrollment, particularly at the undergraduate level.” The contract states the services will, “ensure the university meets the expectations of prospective and current students; and to concomitantly improve retention and graduation rates.” In $45,000 increments, Eastern paid Noel-Levitz in September 2012 and Sep-

tember 2013 as compensation for an “Enrollment and Revenue Management System” annual subscription. With those $45,000 payments, NoelLevitz charged Eastern $1,500 for “travel.” In October 2013, $5,000 went to Noel-Levitz for a “student retention predictor, an online advising and institutional planning program.” President Bill Perry said Eastern spent the money because the university needed “an outside look.” “It has improved our processes and it has made us more competitive with those institutions we are recruiting against for students so that is why we (hired NoelLevitz),” “Many times, the best way to get an objective look in your operations is to bring someone in from the outside,” Perry said. “There is great value in that.” He said he “absolutely” thinks the relationship with Noel-Levitz has been worth the costs. Three other universities in the region,

Western Illinois University, Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University have also used the consulting firm in recent years. For Western, the total price the university has paid to the firm is $334,572 between 2009 and Feb. 18. Of that money, the majority of it was paid July 2010- June 2012. The total during those two fiscal years is $250,712. Throughout Western’s tenure with the firm, the university paid Noel-Levitz in 65 increments, which averaged $5,147.27 each. For ISU, the university has paid Noel-Levitz $276,398 since 1998, while $256,042 of that has been since 2009. In the years between 2009 and 2013, Illinois State paid the most, $105,886, during 2010. Northern has contracted with NoelLevitz in order for the firm to “conduct strategic financial aid reser4ach at the undergraduate and graduate level.”

ment, public relations and related strategies.” The contracts also stipulates Lipman Hearne will design websites, design print publications, create recruitment campaigns, produce videos for marketing and train staff on marketing and advertising strategies. Nancy Walsh, the director of Admissions Operations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said Illinois has not worked with such a firm in the past or at present. Doug McIlhagga, the executive director of marketing and communications at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, said Edwardsville has also not used a consulting firm.

The total of the contract, which was signed in May 2013 and will expire on June 30, 2014. The contract costs total $197,500 when travel expenses are included. Katharine Johnson Suski, the director of undergraduate admissions at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, said Carbondale worked with Noel-Levitz in the early 2000s, but now works with Lipman Hearne, a similar marketing communication firm. From signing the original contract with Lipman Hearne in September 2011, the university has spent $4.98 million on the contract. For fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the university spent its maximum $2 million each year plus an additional $103,725 over the two years in additional expenses such as travel. Carbondale’s contract with Lipman Hearne states the firm will provide “consulting on marketing, advertising, enroll-

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NO. 151, Volume 98

Sabrina’s farewell

STAFF EDITORIAL

You are 1 week away, Eastern The time has finally come. Despite how it feels outside lately, we have entered May territory. This is the last week of the semester. You have four days to freedom, while some of you have the luxury of being done sooner than that. It is only fitting that the last editorial of the year from The Daily Eastern News is a warning. Do not check out. You have put in way too much work to check out days away from being complete. Most of you started the semester off with goals and aspirations of what you wanted to accomplish this semester. For those who have kept those goals in tact, finish strong to achieve what you want. As mentioned in last Friday’s edition of The News, finals week is the most stressful week of the semester. It is important for you to stay healthy during these troubling times. Students, this week does not just apply to you. Professors are also in the classrooms preparing what they deliver to you. They are responsible for grading everything you take in. Teachers you are also one week away from a well deserved break. Even though most of you do not get to enjoy that whole summer layoff since you teach summer classes, that oneweek in between will certainly be a stress relieved week. This week also features a big event with graduation. It will be the time for seniors to cap off their careers for all the hard work they have put in. Seniors you are just a few weeks away from graduating. This is not the time to cash out after all the years you have put in at college. Take this week seriously. There is a lot on the line. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a deep breathe and relax. You are almost done, and we at The News wish you luck. The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Daily Eastern News.

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Opinions editor position was worth it in the end I believe that we were two weeks into the semester when I asked Dominic Renzetti if the new opinions editor wanted me to keep writing columns for the school newspaper. It was shortly after that he texted me asking if I wanted a job. Liz Purcell, the former opinions editor, had to unfortunately leave school due to a type two concussion. He asked if I wanted to take on the task of being the opinions editor. I was skeptical at first because journalism is not my major. I felt that those who were running the show should be the one’s who have the interest in pursuing this life as a career. I already had no time in the first place between working two other jobs and keeping up with what special education demands of you. Then I started to think about it. Heck, what could one more job hurt? I took on the role of being the opinion editor for The Daily Eastern News. I suppose the correct term should be the interim since I took over for a former editor. If you want some insight from a former outsider, there are a lot of great people work-

Kyle Daubs ing in your newsroom folks. This semester, I had too many great students that helped me fulfill my job. Renzetti, Brian Weaver and Jessica Kozik were consistently reliable all semester. I could expect a column sent every week. The semester also featured reliable writers in Tania Stanford, Paul Weber, Jordan Prats, Sean Copeland and Mike Wolbers. Sorry, if you didn’t get your fill of Bobby Galuski all semester, but that is one busy man. Galuski was one of many that were huge helps sliding into this position. The days that I had to ship off early to my other jobs and couldn’t wait on the staff edit, I could always rely on him, Renzetti, or Jarad

Jarmon to throw the edit in. As for the cartoonists, they could not have done more of what I asked of them. Today marks the last cartoon by Sabrina Ann Duncan as she graduates. Josh Williams became a part of the team this semester. Both were always one text away from doing anything I needed. I hope that the opinions page was a page that you looked forward to reading, rather than another page that is skipped over. The opinions page should have made you think. It should have made you agree, disagree, complain, applaud, or any create any feeling. The opinions editor for next semester has yet to be announced. I will stick around and write once a week if they want me. You still have one more full year of me Eastern. Aren’t you excited? Kyle Daubs is a special education major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or denopinionsdesk@gmail.com.

Reflecting on another spring semester As the spring semester comes to a close, I just wanted to thank each and every person who had a hand in making this semester a success. All of the staff members I got the opportunity to work with here at The Daily Eastern News are all incredible people with amazging talents in many different areas of the newspaper. Most of all, though, I’d like to thank you, the readers, for your continued support of Eastern’s student newspaper. For the writers, editors, photographers and designers of The News, each day is a new learning experience. The opportunities that students get while working for this totally student-run newspaper are unique and incomparable with any other experience. Whether you’re a journalism major or not, I encourage anyone with an interest in writing, reporting, designing or photography to contribute something to The News next semester. Writing for a student newspaper can show future employers that you have skills for writing and sticking to a deadline. This coming summer semester, The News

Dominic Renzetti will be going to an online only format, so be sure to follow us through our website, www.dailyeasternnews.com, or through our various social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time working for The News. I’ve worked as assistant sports editor, sports editor, opinions editor, assistant online editor, copy editor and managing editor before becoming editor-in-chief, and each step of the way has offered me something new to take away going into the future. The News isn’t just a newspaper, but its the first draft of the university’s history, and you, as a student, are important in formulating that history.

We do our best to give each event its due coverage, but of course, we can’t get to everything. If you’re involved in a student organization or know of something that you think people should be aware of, shoot us an email and we’ll check it out. If you think its important, its important to us too. There hasn’t been a day working at The News where something interesting hasn’t happened or I didn’t learn something, and I hope you can say the same thing when picking up the paper each day. I know it isn’t always perfect, but I’m proud of the awards we’ve won and all the hard work the staff puts in each day to bring you the news. There’s always something to learn from each day, and I hope that our newspaper was a small part of that for you. Dominic Renzetti is a family and consumer science major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or denopinionsdesk@gmail.com.

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Managing Editor Bob Galuski

Associate News Editor Jarad Jarmon

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Dunn said one of the major shocks to young pet owners is how quickly it can get expensive. “If you have a 100 pound dog, it could cost you $50 or $80 a month to feed it,” she said. “I would say be sure you’re ready to take on the life-long commitment of it. This is a living, breathing being and it deserves to be loved,” she said. “You are its life. All they have is you. You are their everything.” Dunn recommends that students thinking about adopting a pet do their homework beforehand. She also asks that potential pet-owners rescue rather than buy. “There are so many dogs in rescues looking for homes,” she said comparing rescued dogs to those who are sold at pet shops and tend to be born on puppy mills. “Don’t support the problem,” she said. Zollman, however, thinks one of the major problems occurs early on in the adoption process, when college-aged students fail to think of a backup plan for their pets. “Their parents don’t let them take the pets home,” she said. “When you adopt an animal, it should be for the life of the pet. Think about moving and think about housing after you move.” Even when potential owners consider possible setbacks and have plans for emergency arrangements, Zollman understands that unforeseeable complications can arise. Sometimes under these circumstances, however, Zollman senses an apprehension

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R.U.F.F. (Rescuing Unwanted Furever Friends) found Blackie on the side of a country road last year. He had suffered a shot wound to the leg and was missing several teeth from being malnourished.

in owners to surrender their pets. The Coles County Animal Shelter, Humane Association along with R.U.F.F. and other rescue services in the area will take in animals for free. Zollman also believes that fewer animals would end up in a shelter if the original owners committed to behavioral training. To avoid experiencing shock from the responsibility to takes to raise an animal, Zollman insists on not buying an animal on impulse. Whether an owner is looking for a new pet to replace a deceased one, or wants to experience the maternal role of raising an

animal to accompany their newfound independence, the advice is unanimous. To lower the number of cases of animal abuse and neglect, buyers need to ask questions. They need to be certain they can have a pet in both their current and future living arrangements. Overwhelmingly, however, rescuers believe owners most know and display the time, money and patience that is imperative to caring for an animal. Katie Smith can be reached at 581-2812 or kesmith2@eiu.edu.

As the rest of the student body stresses over finals, Spring 2014 graduates will be focused on walking to get their diploma. Graduates will be able to pick up their cap and gown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the Charleston-Mattoon Room in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. If they cannot pick them up before commencement day, they can pick up their gown in the Lantz Fieldhouse on Commencement Day. Tickets for commencement day will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the Arcola-Tuscola Room in the Union. Graduates must have an I.D. present to pick up guest tickets. They will be able to get eight tickets from 9 a.m. to noon, and seven tickets will be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in more tickets will need to check ticket distribution after 1 p.m. Graduates who are not taking classes on campus or cannot be on campus for ticket distribution can email a ticket request, including your

name, E-number and major, to Marty Hackler, the public function supervisor. Commencement will take place at various times on Saturday in the Lantz Arena. The College of Sciences and the Graduate School ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. The College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School as well as the School of Continuing Education– bachelors degree in General Studies ceremony will take place at noon. The College of Education & Professional Studies and the Graduate School ceremony will start at 3 p.m. The Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Those apart of the ceremonies are expected to arrive one hour earlier. The cap and gowns should be returned after the ceremonies. The cap and gown return will be in Court 1 in the Student Recreational Center. Jarad Jarmon can be reached at 581-2812 or jsjarmon@eiu.edu.

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Red-shirt senior Troy Barton sits on the bench in the Eastern baseball team’s dugout looking on to Coach’s Stadium. Barton missed all of last season, following Tommy John Surgery. He returned from the surgery in less than a year.

BARTON’S BREAKING POINT By Aldo Soto Assistant Sports Editor | @AldoSoto21 Troy Barton was at home a day or two removed from his first surgery in his life — Tommy John Surgery. His right arm was swollen like a balloon at a birthday party, but no one was celebrating at the Barton residence. The numbness wore off from the surgery that was performed on Feb. 22, 2013, and Barton woke up feeling the first real pain of his life. “I watch shows and movies, and people get stabbed or cut with a knife, and I never really thought that hurt until I had the surgery and I didn’t even experience the original cut,” Barton said. “It felt like someone took a knife and ripped it right open.” A surgeon did cut into his right arm, as the ulnar collateral ligament in Barton’s right elbow was torn less than two weeks before his surgery during practice. It was the middle of February, with the Eastern baseball team a little more than a week away from starting its season, when Barton’s teammate and roommate told him to take one more pitch. George Kalousek, who was in the Eastern bullpen in 2013, was umpiring during a practice, when Barton threw a curveball. “I turned to my roommate behind me and told him, ‘I think I tore my elbow,’” Barton said. Kalousek, who was not the loudest person on the team, responded quickly. “Throw another pitch and you’ll know,” Kalousek told Barton. It’s not so much the pain that let’s a pitcher know when he is injured, Barton said, a pitcher knows how hard he throws and when something is not

right in the arm that velocity that is easy to reach all of a sudden is gone. “I threw another pitch and it was 70 mph,” Barton said. “I kind of knew I would need Tommy John right away.” The right-handed pitcher is not an overpowering thrower, but he had been reaching 90 mph consistently. Barton had to wait for almost a year to reach that velocity again. Troy’s father John Barton had seen his son play a season of baseball for 15 straight years prior to 2013. On Feb. 6, 2013, John talked with Troy and found out about the injury, but the bad news was not official for another five days. E a s t e r n b a s e b a l l c o a c h Ji m Schmitz was four days away from starting the season against Texas Southern on Feb. 15. On a Monday, Schmitz, Troy and John Barton found out the devastating results from Troy’s MRI of his right elbow. But Barton did not want to dwell on the injury, immediately asking and finding out where he could get surgery the soonest. “It only took him about a minute to say in a very positive way, ‘Get me into surgery as quick as possible, so I can be back on the mound opening weekend 2014,’” John Barton said after Troy called him following the MRI. John Barton was by his son’s side through every step of the process, offering support from the first call made to throwing with Troy during the summer to keep him on track during the rehab. After feeling the after effects of his Tommy John Surgery, Troy had to wait for about four months to throw again. His right arm was at a 90-degree

angle and all he could do for the first couple of weeks of his rehab was work on bending and extending his arm. Not only had Troy Barton played baseball for 15 years in a row, but also he had never had to spend more than a couple of weeks not pitching either. After his surgery, Troy waited until the summer to throw — not pitch — just throw. No mound, no game, no other players. But he finally knew he was on his way back. His father counted everything for Troy, as the first part of the rehab is simply stretching, extending and bending the arm. Then, when a pitcher is allowed to throw, there are a set number of pitches that have to be thrown. No more. No less. Troy was getting impatient during the rehab process, wanting to throw, but his trainer Matt Repa did not cave. “I kept begging him to throw and throw and throw at three months, but I had to wait,” Barton said. “It’s horrible. You never think you’re going to throw, four months that’s one-third of the year that you’re not throwing. I’ve never had to wait that long.” Troy was at home during the summer for the first time since he arrived at Eastern last year. There, he continued to work with his trainer and then the day came when he was finally able to throw for the first time since injuring his elbow. Troy said he was excited, happy to get to throw again, but his dad remembers an emotional summer day after his son threw from 45 feet for the first time. “He cried, as did his mom and me because Troy now proved he was able to do what he loved the most: Throw a baseball,” John Barton said. “That moment signified that the bad times were behind Troy, and the good days were ahead.”

Pitcher returns from Tommy John Surgery The progression was slow for Troy, as the first time he threw was only 20 pitches, but it was better than nothing for him. “It went slow, as I threw from 40 feet for two weeks, 60 feet for two weeks, 90 feet for three weeks, but it was awesome, I loved it,” Troy said. “You pretty much have to teach your arm how to throw again. You know how, but your arm doesn’t know how.” The summer continued, with Troy working his trainer and his dad. “(John Barton) would make sure every throw was good, he would videotape me to see how my arm looked, so I could watch it, he would count how many throws and how many times I extended and bended my arm during the first couple of weeks,” Troy said. The fall semester began, with Troy still on track, but with not many people thinking he could return by the start of the 2014 season. One person who did believe was his father. “When he went back to school in the fall, we talked or texted every day, and I could tell from 230 miles away how Troy’s demeanor, confidence and determination were working for him,” John said. Troy did not pitch off of a mound until the fall, as the team was getting ready for the season. A couple of more months passed until starting the season in the Panthers’ rotation was a viable option. Since Feb. 11, 2013, when he found out that he would need Tommy John Surgery, Troy had one goal in mind: Make it back by the opening weekend of 2014. During winter break, he went back home and pitched even more with his long-time pitching coach, who has been working with Troy since he was 12.

“I threw 50 pitches and I said, ‘I think I can come back and start, I think I can come back and pitch weekend No. 1,’” Troy said. “Our catcher Jacob Reese came up to me said, ‘You’re going to start aren’t you?’ and I said, ‘That’s the goal. That’s been my goal since the surgery — come back and start week one.’” Louisiana-Lafayette was ranked in the top-20 on Feb. 16, when in front of 3,211 fans in Moore Field, Troy made his first start since May 24, 2012, and made his return 51 weeks after his surgery. “They hit the s*** out of the ball,” Troy said. “They hit the ball so far. They’re the best hitting team I’ve seen in college. I just didn’t do as well as I wanted, but that’s all right. I’ve come a long since then.” He pitched two innings, allowing four runs, with only one being earned, but despite not pitching as well as he had wished, Troy accomplished his goal. He returned, with no setbacks during his arm rehab, getting the chance to do what he loves to do — pitch. Troy is no longer a starter for Eastern, as he has been moved to the bullpen as the team’s closer, but he still has more to prove to himself. “I just feel like when I throw a ball and it comes out pretty hard I’m like, ‘ That was hard, but I have more in me,’” Troy said. “If a pro has Tommy John, they don’t come back for a year and a half, I came back in a year. There’s still so much time that I have until my arm is 100 percent.” Aldo Soto can be reached at 581-2812 or asoto2@eiu.edu.


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A LIFETIME IN THE MAKING

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Garoppolo prepares for 2014 NFL Draft By Anthony Catezone Sports Editor | @AnthonyCatz Before Jimmy Garoppolo even played a down at quarterback, coach Jeff Christensen told him he would be going to the NFL. In the summer of 2007, just before Garoppolo’s sophomore season at Rolling Meadows High School, he and 149 other quarterbacks were at Northwestern University while a plethora of scouts and coaches cluttered the stands overseeing each of them. That is when Christensen approached Tony Garoppolo, Jimmy’s father. “I think you have a monster on your hands here,” Christensen told Tony. “Let me put it this way, you won’t be paying for college and he will be going to the NFL.” Christensen knew what he was talking about. He has studied the quarterback position for 42 years. In 1983, Christensen was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round at pick No. 137 overall out of Eastern. He spent seven years in the NFL, before dedicating his life to coaching at Throw It Deep quarterback and wide receiver training academy in Lombard. Still, Tony was not completely sold just yet. “He laughed and told me I was crazy,” Christensen said. “I didn’t laugh and I told him, ‘no. I’m serious.’” Garoppolo wanted to believe it. “ To h e a r s o m e t h i n g l i k e t h a t i s a dream, but I took it with a grain of salt,” Ga ro p p o l o s a i d . “ I w a s o n l y p l a y i n g quarterback for a year.” Because a 16-year-old Garoppolo had only been playing football for four years. Hi s f re s h m a n ye a r o f h i g h s c h o o l h e played running back and linebacker. His sophomore year he converted to quarterback, but he still had not seen action at the position. Nonetheless, Christensen saw the potential. “He had a willingness to throw ball with his feet in conjunction with what his arm actually looked like,” Christensen said. “And again, a willingness to keep his hips in place in conjunction with his release.” Garoppolo’s release is one that now has NFL scouts raving that it is the quickest

among all of the quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. Two years passed since Christensen’s first interaction with Garoppolo, and after two years as the Rolling Meadows’ starter, Garoppolo decided to follow in Christensen’s footsteps, committing to Eastern. Again, Christensen brought up the NFL to Garoppolo and his father. “Now do you believe me,” Christensen said. “I said it even more serious this time. ‘Picture yourself getting drafted, starting in the NFL. That’s next.’” Garoppolo was more onboard than ever. “‘Coach that is the all-time dream,’” Christensen recalled Garoppolo telling him. “‘I believe you now.’” But Tony was still hesitant. “He said to not say anything like that,” Christensen said. “‘Let’s just get through college first.’” Garoppolo did more than get through college. He left Eastern as the record holder for career passing yards and touchdown passes, single-season passing yards and touchdown passes, and singlegame touchdown passes. He brought the Panthers their first postseason win since 1986 and first Walter Payton Award since Tony Romo in 2002. But Garoppolo will get to experience something Romo or fellow Eastern great Sean Payton was never able to: Be drafted into the NFL. Both Romo and Payton went undrafted in their respective draft classes as free agents. Meanwhile, Garoppolo is one of 30 prospects attending the NFL Draft in New York City, but he is the only FCS player to receive and invite. NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock has Garoppolo ranked as the fourth best quarterback in the 2014 class, behind Johnny Manziel ( Texas A&M), Blake Bortles (Central Florida) and Derek Carr (Fresno State). Christensen, however, has him as No. 1. Christensen said Garoppolo has the best feet in the draft, the quickest release in the draft and he is the most accurate quarterback in the draft. “People can talk about level of competition all they want, make up excuses, but it is all just rhetoric” Christensen said. “Eastern had some really good wide

receivers, but you give [Garoppolo] a 6-foot-5 guy with a 4 .20 40-yard dash time running open downfield because of his size, things will change.” A s f o r Garoppolo, has

he no prediction or preference o f w h e re h e is drafted. He said any of the 32 NFL teams will be a dream to play for. Un t i l t h e d r a f t comes at 7 p.m. on May 8, in New York City, Garoppol said he will only be doi n g o n e t h i n g : “ I ’m just keeping my fingers crossed, continuing to appreciate this opportunity.” Leading up to the draft, Christensen had one more prophecy for his protégé. “ ‘ Yo u’ve p re p a re d for this opportunity better than anyone o n e I ’ve e ve r s e e n ,’ ” Christensen said to Garoppolo. ‘”If it all goes your way, you will h a ve t h e c h a n c e t o b e the greatest quarterback in all of football.’” Christensen has been right up to this point.

Anthony Catezone can be reached at 581-2812 or ajcatezone@eiu. edu.

Staff predictions for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014 NFL Draft

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Prediction: The Cleveland Browns will select Jimmy Garoppolo with No. 26 pick in the first round. The Browns will draft wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Jr., out of Clemson with the No. 4 pick to pair up with current All-Pro wide receiver Josh Jordon, giving the former Eastern quarterback an ideal dual threat at wide receiver.

Prediction: The Houston Texas will select Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick and then with their first pick in the second round Rick Smith will select Jimmy Garoppolo. The fouryear starter will be under the guileful eyes of first-year coach Bill O’Brien, as Houston will look to replace the woeful position that was quarterback for it last season.

Prediction: The Jacksonville Jaguars will select Jimmy Garoppolo with their second round pick after drafting defense in the first round. Garoppolo previously worked under Jaguars coaches at the Shrine game, and with the Jaguars trading Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers in the offseason, the struggling franchise will be looking for a new franchise signal-caller.

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